Greg Clarke must keep his feet nailed firmly to the floor and make urgent investment decisions to also support gas and new nuclear says GMB. GMB, the Union for energy workers, has responded to a major Government shake up in UK energy policy. Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, which the government says could save consumers in the UK billions of pounds. GMB says while any move towards a coherent national strategy is welcome, Greg Clarke mustn’t lose sight of the fact gas and nuclear provide the lion’s share of our base energy needs now and into the future.
GMB 24th July 2017 read more »
A smart, flexible electricity grid could help the UK cut carbon more cheaply, saving up to £40bn between now and 2050. That’s according to research by the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London, which was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is part of the evidence behind the government’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, published jointly with the energy regulator Ofgem. This plan aims to facilitate a smarter grid through a series of technical and regulatory changes. Carbon Brief looks at the potential savings from a flexible grid and the BEIS plan to unlock them.
Carbon Brief 25th July 2017 read more »
The 32-page document outlines how the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) considers the domestic power market to mature and includes significant clarity, transparency and guidance for its minded role for storage, as well as potential benefits for the UK’s solar scene. Breaking the document down into four main sub-sects, the key points of yesterday’s big unveil are; Utility-scale solar: Solar asset holders are to receive guidance on how storage can be retrofitted onto their sites without impacting subsidy schemes they may qualify for. The most recent CfD consultation has revealed how storage should be treated on CfD-eligible builds, while Ofgem has updated it guidance on the RO accreditation amendment process and provided guidance on how to co-locate storage.
Solar Power Portal 25th July 2017 read more »